This post is partially inspired by a recent WordPress Daily Post prompt using the word “transformation.”
Last night, I dreamed of work. This isn’t an unusual dream- I generally assume that a work dream just means that I need a vacation. This is different though. I’ll explain.
When people ask me “what do you do,” I usually scoff and say that my job isn’t who I am. I say that there are so many more interesting ways for them to get to know me than to ask about my employment.
I’m lying, though.
For so long, I’ve identified a large part of myself as who I am to my coworkers. They’re another family, really. And my particular experience with our European partners has made me “the guy” for any questions about that. All of this is changing now. I’ve begun the process of “knowledge transfer,” which basically means telling the guy taking over my stuff where I documented everything that I do.
Also, I have to burn off sick time that would not be payed out at the end. This means that I’ll be sprinkling my remaining sick days throughout the next few weeks. Yesterday was the first of these self-enforced exiles, and it’s difficult for me to not work. I was home and working on other things, and the urge to check my work e-mail creeps in. “I’ll just work one tiny trouble ticket. Nobody will know.” It’s insidious.
This is part of the challenge ahead of me. I have to get used to doing other things. I have to stop checking in on my e-mail or the ticket queue when I’m not at work. It’s gotten so bad that if I have my own command line stuff up on my computer, Amelie will give me a stern look and ask if I’m working.
This is the time that I have to become someone else, in a manner of speaking. I must separate out the part of me that works even on vacation days so that I can re-purpose him for the next employer, the next adventure.
I’m still making decisions about where I want to be after this employment ends, but one thing I know for sure- I won’t still be “the guy” for my current job responsibilities any more. That guy only has about a month left to do his thing.
I wonder who I’ll be next.
Who are you at work?
Editor’s Note: I’m attempting to blog every day in November with CheerPeppers. I don’t expect to succeed because life be crazy, but any blogging in excess of my previous post-free month is a win, right?